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West Contra Costa Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 50266 / 64.39% Yes votes ...... 27794 / 35.61% No votes
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|Results as of Dec 3 1:05pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (139/139)|
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To make schools safe, complete essential health/safety repairs, qualify for State matching grants, shall West Contra Costa Unified School District upgrade schools for earthquake safety and handicap accessibility, remove asbestos, upgrade science labs, restrooms, vocational classrooms, technology and energy systems to reduce costs, install lighting and security systems, and acquire, repair, construct, equipment, sites and facilities, by issuing $360,000,000 in bonds within legal rates and bonding capacity limits with independent audits, citizen oversight, and no money for administrators' salaries?
If this measure passes, the District would be authorized to levy a tax on each parcel of taxable property within the District to generate revenue to repay the bonds. Under State law, the rate could be up to $60 per $100,000 of taxable property value per year until all bonds are repaid. A parcel of taxable real property is any unit of real property located in the District that receives a separate property tax bill from the Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. The tax would not be levied on parcels that are exempt from paying property taxes.
The measure would authorize the District to issue and sell bonds under authority of the California Government Code, and the California Education Code. Bonds issued under the Government Code could have a maturity of up to 40 years. Bonds issued under the Education Code could have a maturity of up to 25 years. The bonds would bear interest at a rate not to exceed the rate authorized by law.
Proceeds from the sale of bonds would be used to finance the school facility improvements specified in the measure. The proceeds may only be used for the purposes specified in the measure. The measure provides that, depending on the cost of each improvement to be financed with bond proceeds, some improvements may be delayed, or may not be completed. The District assumes that it will receive matching state funds to finance some of the improvements specified in the measure. The measure states that, without matching State funds, some improvements will not be completed.
State law requires the District to conduct an annual performance audit, and, as long as any funds remain unspent, an annual independent financial audit, to ensure that funds are used only for the purposes described in the measure. The measure also would require the District to establish an independent citizens' oversight committee that would ensure funds are used only for the purposes described in the measure.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of those voting on the ballot measure must approve the measure for it to pass.
A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of the ballot measure. A "no" vote is a vote against the ballot measure.
News and Analysis|
|Arguments For Measure E||Arguments Against Measure E|
|Our students deserve safe schools, upgraded classrooms, and state-ofthe-art computer labs to help them reach their potential and succeed in today's economy. The West Contra Costa School District has worked diligently to leverage local funds to obtain matching state grants that upgraded schools throughout our community and provided safe, clean classrooms for students to learn in. Measure E will allow the school district to work with the existing, successful bond program to complete much of its master plan and provide every student with a quality classroom.
Vote YES on Measure E to:
Measure E will help our school district provide a safe, healthy learning environment for our students and give them the tools they need to succeed. Join parents, teachers, elected officials, and community members in voting YES on Measure E.
Jeff Rubin, Concerned Citizens of Pinole
Thomas Prather, Teacher, Grant Elementary School
Brenda Surgers, Principal, Lake Elementary School
Eric Zell, Businessperson/Director, West Contra Costa Healthcare District
Joey Schlemmer, Police Sergeant, Richmond Resident
Bonds are an expensive form of debt. As with a home mortgage, bonds are repaid over time. Decades from now, the children and grandchildren of today's students will still be paying off the District's CURRENT $1.27 billion in bonds PLUS INTEREST for today's school construction. Repayment of current bonds will cost HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS in interest.
In considering this measure, voters should ask:
For more information see http://www.cocotax.org
Contra Costa Taxpayers Association Kris Hunt, Executive Director
Anton Jungherr Former Member West Contra Costa Unified School District Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
|School bonds are not free money. Bonds are debt that must be paid back with interest.
Voters in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (District) already have generously approved five bonds worth $1.27 billion, plus hundreds of millions in interest charges. Now the District wants another $360 million for more construction, despite declining school enrollment. Only two years ago voters approved $380 million in bonds that promised similar projects to those now proposed.
By voting NO on Measure E residents will stop this reckless financial merry-go-round!
Vote NO on Measure E!
For more information see http://www.cocotax.org
Contra Costa Taxpayers Association Kris Hunt, Executive Director
Measure E will fund upgrades, improvements, and rebuilds at:
Cameron School Collins Elementary Crespi Middle School Grant Elementary Hercules Middle/High School Kennedy High School Lake Elementary Madera Elementary North Campus Continuation School Portola Playfields Olinda Elementary Richmond High School Riverside Elementary Shannon Elementary Verde Elementary
The School District has delivered on previous bond funding with improvements you can see district-wide. Despite cuts in state funding, they paid back all the money that was borrowed from the state.
Measure E will ensure all students have safe classrooms to learn core academics, participate in hands-on science education, and prepare for college and the workforce. It will improve technology in schools, upgrade schools for earthquake safety and accessibility, and remove asbestos and other hazardous materials.
All money spent through Measure E is subject to annual financial audits by an independent citizens' oversight committee. The funds raised by Measure E must be spent on schools in our community, and none of the money can be taken by the State.
Join us in voting YES on Measure E.
Brant Fetter, Parent, Coronado Elementary
Marianne Darke Harrison, President and Parent, Collins Elementary School PTA
Eric Swabeck, Teacher, Lake Elementary School
Jim Russey, Retired Firefighter, City of Richmond
Anne Shin, Principal, Collins Elementary School, City of Hercules resident
|Tax Rate Statement from the Superintendent of WCCUSD|
|An election will be held in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (the "District") on November 6, 2012, to authorize the sale of up to $360,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District plans to issue the bonds in a number of series over a period of time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The information presented in numbered paragraphs 1-3 below is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.
1. The best estimate of the tax which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2013-14.
2. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.
3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimate assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.
The District's best estimate of the average tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over all of the years the bonds will be outstanding is 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
The tax rate estimates in this statement reflect the District's current projection of future assessed values and of future debt service payments, which are based on certain assumptions. Approval of the ballot measure authorizes the issuance of bonds under certain conditions and for certain purposes, and is not approval of a specific tax rate or a specific plan of bond issuance. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount and repayment structure of bonds sold, market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount and repayment structure of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on its need for construction funds, its intention to meet the tax rate targets stated above, the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% vote and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.
Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property in the District as shown on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.
Dated: August 1, 2012 Bruce Harter Superintendent West Contra Costa Unified School District
|Full Text of Measure E|
FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION NOVEMBER 6, 2012
"WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT SAFETY/CLASSROOM REPAIR MEASURE. To make schools safe, complete essential health and safety repairs, qualify for State matching grants, shall West Contra Costa Unified School District:
The Board of Education of the West Contra Costa Unified School District certifies that it evaluated the District's urgent and critical school needs, including school and student safety issues, enrollment trends, class size reduction, overcrowding, energy efficiency and computer technology, seismic safety requirements, and aging, outdated or deteriorating school buildings in developing the scope of projects to be funded. In developing the scope of projects, the District has prioritized the key health and safety and sustainability needs so that the most critical school site needs are addressed. The Board conducted an evaluation at all school sites and received public input in developing the scope of school projects to be funded. This input concluded that if these needs were not addressed now, the problem would only get worse and more expensive to address in the future. In approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District should:
(i) Provide classrooms for job training to prepare students for the workforce.
(ii) Upgrade classrooms to support core academics, math, science, reading and writing.
(iii) Upgrade computer and science labs.
(iv) Qualify for millions of dollars of State matching funds.
(v) Provide good after-school program space so kids are safe from gangs and drugs.
(vi) Adhere to specific FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards such as:
(a) Sacramento will be prohibited from taking any of the funds raised.
(b) All expenditures will be subject to annual independent financial audits.
(c) No funds will be used for administrators' salaries and pensions.
(d) All funds will be subject to local control and provide improvements, at all of our schools.
(e) An independent citizens' oversight committee will be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.
The Project List includes the following types of projects: School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects
Goal and Purpose: Schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of deteriorating, outdated school buildings, science labs, classrooms, computer learning centers and school libraries and equipment, to ensure compliance with handicap accessibility requirements and that students and teachers have the resources they need to excel and students be prepared for college and the real world when they graduate:
Goal and Purpose: To ensure that the learninq process is not interrupted by qanqs and druqs or juvenile crime, to maintain healthy students and improve daily attendance, to help attract and retain excellent teachers, and to deter vandalism, schools and school sites will benefit from a variety of health and safety projects, such as:
Goal and Purpose: To upgrade computer technology, improve both current instruction methods and to expand job training programs by applying modern technology infrastructure:
NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15278 ET SEQ.) TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA RIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.